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Telling one’s personal story can be transformative … The Veterans Writing Project draws on that concept by offering free writing seminars to Military members and their families. We hear an overview of the program from two instructors: Dario DiBattista, a marine veteran and retired naval officer Jerri Bell. Then we meet former army officer Matt Condon, a student in the program who shares some of his work.

For information on the Veterans Writing Project, visit this link and for the online journal, 0-Dark-Thirty, visit this link.

Links for books: Retire the Colors, and It's My Country Too, It’s My Country Too: Women’s Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan.

Monday is Memorial Day, when the nation remembers those who sacrificed their lives for the security of our country. In that spirit, we speak with Dario DiBattista, a writer, educator, and veteran-Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. DiBattista describes his military experience and teaching writing to combat veterans as a form of post-trauma therapy. He says the stories of veterans are transformative not only for them … but for other Americans to understand what democracy costs. You can purchase Retire the Colors, an anthology of those stories, here.